Ian Wilkinson is a programme manager in Siemens’ Energy Transition team. He led the group that designed and built the Siemens ammonia-based energy storage system demonstrator at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and an ongoing research programme into thermo- and electro-chemical ammonia synthesis with Oxford University. As a first step towards a hydrogen economy in the UK, Ian developed an electric vehicle recharging system based around hydrogen fuel cells, operated it very publicly at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, and is now working to commercialise this service. Ian also continuous to develop technical solutions needed to realise a green ammonia (hydrogen) supply chain, such as ammonia cracking.
What’s the best way to store energy, from industry scale to electric vehicles, replacing the widespread use of fossil fuels? Pure hydrogen is an energy dense alternative, but the gas takes up a lot of space. Liquid ammonia doesn’t, yet it contains the hydrogen and therefore the energy. Ian Wilkinson at Siemens explains the advantages of using ammonia, NH3. Already the world produces 180m tonnes a year, worth €80bn. It’s mainly for agricultural … [Read more...]